Aldo Ceccato studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, his native city, and attended specialization courses held by Sergiu Celibidache and finished studying at the University of Berlin.
During his long career he was Artistic and Musical director of the National Orchestra of Spain, of the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra and of the RAI Orchestra in Turin. He was also Music Director of the Bergen Philharmonic and of the NDR Orchestra (North Germany Radio) in Hannover, Artistic and permanent director of the Detroit Symphony and of the Medow Brook Festival.
Maestro Ceccato conducted great orchestras, among which the Berlin Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony and the Staatskapelle in Dresden.
He has been an interpreter of the great symphonic and opera masterpieces in the most important theatres - from the Scala to the San Carlo in Naples, to the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, to Covent Garden in London, to the Opéra in Paris, and at the Staatsoper in Vienna and Hamburg. He was also invited to the main international festivals like: Glyndebourne, Edinburgh, Berlin, Prague.
As a Member of the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Maestro Aldo Ceccato received an Honoris Causa degree from the Eastern Michigan University. For several years he was responsible for the teaching of Orchestra Conducting at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg, and held courses also in Bergen, Hannover and Santiago de Compostela.
Because of his teaching and musical activities in Hamburg, he was awarded with the Brahms Medal, one of the most important honours in Germany. He was appointed Commendatore and Grande Ufficiale all'ordine of the Italian Republic, and also Knight of Gran Croce, the most important honour in Italy.
Since 1997 he has been collaborating as Artistic and Musical director with the Philharmonic Orchestra in Brno, with which he regularly takes part in the Prague Festival and in other European festivals, and which he recently conducted in the Vatican performing the Christus by Liszt, for the occasion of a concert given for the Holy Father.
Since 1999 he has been Musical Director of the Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan with which he achieved widespread success in Italy and all over the world: among them we remember the Strauss Festival in Germany.
In the 2001-2002 season, he conducted the Nine Symphonies by Beethoven with the artistic groups of the Arena di Verona, he recorded the complete version of Beethoven's Piano Concertos with Aldo Ciccolini and the Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali and he recorded other works in London with the London Philharmonic and a series of concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.